PoG: WVU - ECU

After WVU's 35-20 victory over East Carolina was complete, the Blue & Gold News staff made its choices for the Mountaineers who stood out on both sides of the ball.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME:

While Jarrett Brown is a fifth-year senior, he looked far more comfortable than the average quarterback starting only the fourth game of his career.

The signal-caller was 24-of-31 passing for a career-high 334 yards and four touchdowns. That yardage total was the most through the air for a Mountaineer quarterback since Marc Bulger was firing the football for former coach Don Nehlen a decade ago.

Brown did throw one interception, but his only fault on that play was on firing to an "open" receiver just a bit too late.

Beyond that, the quarterback also led the game in yardage per rush, netting 73 yards on his 10 attempts for a 7.3 average.

While his offensive line has yet to allow a sack after two games this season, much of that may have to do with Brown's elusiveness.

Several times, he used his legs to make seemingly miraculous moves out of a collapsing pocket, and it seemed East Carolina was simply unable to get him to the ground.



Ovid Goulbourne

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME:

The performance of linebacker Ovid Goulbourne was perhaps the biggest surprise of the day for WVU.

The fifth-year senior saw considerable action and made the most of his time on the field. Goulbourne had five total tackles, three of which were solo efforts.

More significantly, two of those tackles went for sacks of ECU quarterback Patrick Pinkney that cost the Pirates 14 yards of field position.

He added a pass break-up to complete a solid all-around day for a Mountaineer defense that created problems for its opposition for the vast majority of the game.

GAME BALLS:

  • Jock Sanders

    For the second consecutive game, the junior came up just short of 100 yards receiving.

    He had a game-high nine catches (no other receiver in the game grabbed more than five passes) for 99 yards. He added 14 yards rushing on his two attempts.

    While he did muff a punt that led to an East Carolina field goal in the first half, his all-around performance made up for that miscue. He was the wide open receiver that Brown found just a bit too late on the quarterback's one interception.

    Sanders even made a solid play on special teams later in the game, returning a punt for 35 yards to the ECU 19-yard line that set up his team's final score and put the game out of reach.

  • Sidney Glover

    It would have been easy for Glover to hang his head after Bill Stewart opted not to start him (or even let him dress) in the season-opener because of his lack of time spent in practice.

    Instead, the junior responded with a solid performance from the safety spot, contributing seven tackles and a pass broken up to go with several jarring hits he delivered to Pirates players.

  • Brandon Hogan

    Yes, the cornerback fumbled a punt return that led to an East Carolina touchdown late in the first half.

    But he more than atoned for that in the remainder of the contest, tallying a game-high 11 total tackles and adding two pass break-ups.

    His work in locking up receivers made life difficult for Pinkney, who ended the game 16-of-39 passing for only 175 yards.


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